Biochemistry Announces 2022 Graduate Fellowships, Undergraduate Awards

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce its 2022 undergraduate and graduate student departmental awards and fellowships. These awards and fellowships celebrate talented students in the department and are made possible by generous gifts to the department to fund graduate and undergraduate research. “It’s always a real pleasure to recognize talented students,” said Fox. …

Coronavirus Education in Classrooms and Communities

Formally and informally, in lecture halls and online portals, by email and phone, and even on city buses, biochemistry faculty advance greater understanding of COVID-19 and ways to prevent the disease from spreading. Read more in the spring 2022 issue of Grow magazine.

Biochemistry SARS-CoV-2 Research Featured in Grow Magazine

As part of the global effort to understand SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19), CALS scientists have pivoted their existing research projects, launched entirely new studies, and banded together to share knowledge and resources. Experts in the Department of Biochemistry are the linchpins of many of these efforts. Read Virus Research Recast in the spring …

Jason Cantor Receives Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

Biochemistry assistant professor Jason Cantor has received a 2021 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. His was among the ten award-winning proposals that represent early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge technology in medicine and biomedical engineering. “In our 16th year supporting innovative, early-stage biomedical research with the potential to benefit children, the 2021 competition for Individual Biomedical Research …

IPiB Thesis Defense April 27: Elizabeth Larson

Immediately following fertilization, the genome undergoes a monumental feat — it’s reprogrammed to allow specialized germ cells to transition to an early embryo. This process requires DNA genome remodeling to enable the expression of a new set of genes. The remodeling process requires specialized proteins known as pioneer transcription factors. The pioneering transcription factor Zelda …

IPiB Thesis Defense June 23: Jennifer Peotter

Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) is a group of inherited neurologic disorders that cause weakness and stiffness in the leg muscles. Defects in membrane trafficking can contribute to HSP and other neurodegenerative diseases. For her Ph.D. research, IPiB graduate student Jennifer Peotter focused on a critical protein, TFG, that’s been shown to be mutated in patients …

Vatsan Raman Receives Pound Research Excellence Award

Biochemistry assistant professor Vatsan Raman received the 2022 Pound Research Excellence Award. The award, which is supported by an educational development fund created to honor former CALS Dean Glenn S. Pound upon his retirement in 1979, is given to honor an outstanding, early-career CALS research scientist and to promote continued excellence in research. “I want …

2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Recipients and Honorable Mentions Announced

Several Integrated Program in Biochemistry graduate students received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program honorable mentions this year. Lauren Mazurkiewicz is a second-year IPiB student in the Weeks Lab, Rohith Rajasekaran is a second-year IPiB student in the Coyle Lab, and Gina Wade is a second-year IPiB student in the Simcox Lab. Congratulations Lauren, …